2017

DIVERSIONS (2017)
8 minutes
Choir SATB
I. Memento
II. The Shoulders of Giants
III. Psalm 14
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EVERMORE (2017)
30 minutes
A Song Cycle for Male Voice (high voice), String Quartet
Commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School, Robert Spano, Music Director Funded by a generous gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson
I. Israfel
II. Annabel Lee
III. The Raven
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2015

ZABUR (2015)
55 minutes
Tenor, Baritone, Mixed Chorus, Children’s Choir and Orchestra (2222.4230.timp+1 perc,hp,pno,celesta, strings)
Commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

PAX UNIVERSALIS (2015)
8 minutes
Orchestra (3322.4331.timp+3 perc,hp,pno+celesta, strings)
Commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra

CELLO CONCERTO “DESERT SORROWS” (2015)
30 minutes
Amplified Cello Solo and Orchestra (3333.4430.timp+3 perc,hp,pno (celesta), strings)
Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Maya Beiser
Commission made possible through the generous support of Peter D. Cummings
I. Yowm Ad-Dīn (The day of Reckoning)
II. Al- Maccaber (The Graves)
III. Jannat: Saud Al-Faisal In Memoriam (Heavens)

GABRIEL (2015)
12 minutes
Solo Cello
Commissioned by Matt Haimovitz
A Soliloquy for Solo Cello
I. Lullaby: Rock Me to Sleep
II. Profanation
III. Meditation

DOMINATION OF DARKNESS (2014)
28 minutes
Countertenor and Flute
For Anthony Roth Costanzo and Claire Chase
I. O Florida, Venereal Soil
II. Fabliau of Florida (To Elizabeth Sobol) III. Infanta Marina
IV. A High-Toned Old Christian Woman
V. Domination of Black

GERMAN ROMANTIC SONG (2014)
6 minutes
Soprano and Piano
Commissioned by Lyrica Chamber Music for Kiera Duffy and David Kaplan

LOCALES (2014)
18 minutes
Oboe and String Trio
Commissioned by Ian Shafer
I. Liwa: Sheikh Zayed Road at Dawn
II. Dabkeh: Shar’i Hamra at Dusk
III. Chanson: Rue d’Argentine, 2am
IV. Ayre: Exhibition Road, 9am
V. Musical Number: 26th/9th, Hudson Guild at Midnight

PIANO SONATA NO. 3, “PROUST AMONG THE NATIONS” (2014)
26 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by ROK Inc for Steven Spooner
I. Proust Among the Nations
II. The House of Memory
III. Engame: Proust and Genet in the Middle East

2013

THE ROGUES GALLERY (2013)
(Piano Miniatures 14-17)
10 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
for the National Young Artists Competition

KOL NIDREI (2013)
6 minutes
Solo ‘cello, Prerecorded sounds
Commissioned by Maya Beiser

VIOLIN CONCERTO “AL-ANDALUS” (2013)
30 minutes
Solo Violin, Orchestra (2.2.2.2 – 4.2.3 – timp+2 – hp– pno (cel) – strings)
Commissioned by ROKI INC for Rachel Barton Pine and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 13, “AMERICA NEVER WAS AMERICA TO ME” (2013)
4 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by Myrna Cook for Nicholas Phillips

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 12 (2013)
3 minutes
Piano

EL MALE RACHAMIM (2013)
A prayer for solo piano
18 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by Premiere Commission for Bruce Levingston
I. אל מלא רחמים
(God, full of mercy)

II. אני,שקטפתי פרחים בהר
(I, who pluck flowers from the hilltops)

III. אני,שהבאתי גוויות מן הגבעות
(I, who brought corpses from the mountains)

IV. אני שמשתמש רק בחלק קטן
מן המילים במלון
(I, who use but a tiny portion
of the words in the dictionary)

V. אני,שמוכרח לפתור חידות בעל כורחי
(I, who am forced to decipher riddles)

SADAT (2013)
Ballet in 5 Scenes
26 minutes
Percussion (xlyophone, marimba, tenor drum, tamborine, chimes) and Chamber Orchestra (fl.cl.bsn/2 hrn/strings)
Commissioned by ROKI for Ji Hye Jung
I. July 23rd 1952
II. Jehan
III. The Death of Nasser/ The Leader
IV. Jerusalem
V. The Day The Leader Was Killed

AL-SHAM (2013)
20 minutes
‘Cello
Commissioned by VisionIntoArt for Jeffrey Zeigler I. Barada
II. May 25th 2012
III. Naaman’s Song
IV. Shora

MIGHTY TRIBOROUGH (2013)
7 minutes
Chamber Orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1./timp./1perc./pno./hrp./strings)
Commissioned by The New Juilliard Ensemble
“It has long been a cherished ambition of mine to weave together the loose strands and frayed edges of New York’s metropolitan arterial tapestry”
– Robert Moses

A WORLD I LOVED (2013)
21 minutes
Flute, String Quartet
Commissioned by Capital City Concerts, Montpelier VT for Karen Kevra and the Borromeo String Quartet
Dedicated to the memory of Mary Anne Kevra

PIERROT LUNAIRE (2013)
45 minutes
A Theatrical Song Cycle
Pierrot (high male voice), Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano (Celeste)
Commissioned by the Da Capo Chamber Players with assistance from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music
A Theatrical Song Cycle
Music by Mohammed Fairouz/Lyrics by Wayne Koestenbaum

2012

A PRAYER TO THE NEW YEAR (2012)
12 minutes
Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Cello, Piano
Commissioned by the New York Festival of Song for Corinne Winters, Sasha Cooke and Steven Blier

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 11, “FOR SYRIA” (2012)
3 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by the International Beethoven Project, 2012
To the men, women and children who were brutally massacred in Syria

AUDENESQUE (2012)
20 minutes
Mezzo Soprano, Chamber Orchestra (fl. cl. hn. bsn. perc. pno (cel). strings)
Commissioned by ROKI for Kate Lindsey and the Metropolis Ensemble
Audenesque is dedicated to my friends Kate Lindsey and James Zakoura without whose support, the cycle would not exist.
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
I.
II.
III.
IV. Audenesque

A SOURCE OF LIGHT (2012)
15 minutes
Male Vocal Ensemble Commissioned by Cantus

THE NAMED ANGELS (2012)
28 minutes
String Quartet
Commissioned by ROKI for The Borromeo String Quartet I. Mikhail’s Thunder
II. Azrael, Malak al-Maut
III. Jibreel at Hira
IV. Israfel’s Spell

HINDUSTANI DABKEH (2012)
4 minutes
Clarinet, String Quartet
Comissioned by Zodiak Active and BBC World News for Collaboration Culture Series 1

SYMPHONY NO. 4, “IN THE SHADOW OF NO TOWERS” (2012)
40 minutes
Commissioned for The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
and made possible through the funding and gracious support of Reach out Kansas Inc.
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PIANO MINIATURE NO. 10, “LIBERACE” (2012)
2 minutes
Piano
To Steven Blier on his wedding

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 9, “LULLABY FOR A CHELSEA BOY” (2012)
4 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by Tribeca New Music for Kathleen Supové

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (2012)
25 minutes
Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus, Amplified Viola
Co-commissioned by The Grinnell Singers with generous support from the Curd Fund, Cantori New York’s Jeffrey D. Silver Fund, The Back Bay Chorale (Boston), and The Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University

2011

INCANTATION AND DABKEH (2011)
10 minutes
Clarinet, String Quartet
Commissioned by The Seattle Chamber Players for Laura

AKHNATEN, DWELLER IN TRUTH (2011)
A dance scene
15 minutes
Cello, Piano, Orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3/timp, perc, strings)
Commissioned by The Foundation for Modern Music

POSH (2011)
12 minutes
Baritenor, Piano
Song cycle on texts by Wayne Koestenbaum
Commissioned by Roki

JEBEL LEBNAN (2011)
20 minutes
Flute, Oboe, Carinet, French horn, Bassoon
I. Bashir’s March
Interlude: Nay
II.Lamentation: Ariel’s Song
III. Song and Little Dance
IV. Mar Charbel’s Dabkeh
Commissioned by Imani Winds

REFUGEE BLUES (2011)
9 minutes
Mezzo, Soprano, Piano
Commissioned by the Five Boroughs Music Festival for Blythe Gaissert Levitt

PIANO SONATA NO. 2, “THE LAST RESISTANCE” (2011)
25 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by ROK Inc for Steven Spooner
I. The Last Resistance
II. Retro Recollections on 21st and 8th
III. Freud Goes to Abu Ghraib
IV. Men and Women in Dark Times

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 8, “BARGEMUSIC” (2011)
2 minutes
Piano
Commissioned by Beth Levin

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 7 (2011)
2 minutes
Piano
For Justin Snyder

ADZEL (2011)
12 minutes
Two Bb Clarinets
Commissioned by Adzel for Mariam Adam and Stephanie Zelnick

NATIVE INFORMANT – SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (2011)
25 minutes
Violin
Commissioned by RBP Music LLC for Rachel Barton Pine I. Lyric Sketch
II. Rounds
III. For Egypt
IV. Scherzo
V. Lullaby of the Ex Soldat

TAHRIR (2011)
12 minutes
Bb Clarinet, Orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.0/timp,perc,hrp,strings)
For David Krakauer
Commissioned by Cynthia Chan; Pamela Esser; Kaitilin Nicholas; John Griffin; Rueben K. Jenkins and Wayne Leonard; Rina Langer; Duane Lyons; Larry Melniker; John Otis; Martin Reichel; Brian Sands; Ken Tannenbaum; Will Weinstein; Any Chen-Hew Wing to the memory of Herb Greenhut

FOR VICTIMS (2011)
15 minutes
Baritone, String Quartet
Developed in association with American Opera Projects

MEDITATION (2011)
5 Minutes
Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Amplified Double Bass
Commissioned by the Two Rivers Ensemble

JEDER MENSCH (2011)
10 minutes
Mezzo Soprano, Piano
Song cycle on Alma Mahler
Commissioned by and written for Kate Lindsey
Jeder Mensch was commissioned for, inspired by, and is dedicated to my friend Kate Lindsey. I. The Eternal Source
II. Today I Realized Something Very Strange
III. The Celebration of the Spirit

2010

UNWRITTEN (2010)
20 minutes
Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Commissioned by the Lunatics at Large as part of The Sanctuary Project I. Condemnation
II. Scherzo
III. Elegy
IV. Coda

SYMPHONY NO. 3, “POEMS AND PRAYERS” (2010)
60 minutes
Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, Mixed Choir, Childrens’ Choir, Orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3./timp./perc/ hrp/strings)
Commissioned by the The Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Northeastern University for The Zamir Chorale of Boston
I. Kaddish
II. Lullaby
Minyan
III. Night Fantasy
Oseh Shalom
IV. Memorial Day for the War Dead

DOUBLE CONCERTO, “STATES OF FANTASY” (2010)
25 minutes
Solo Violin, Solo Cello, Orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0./timp. /strings)
Commissioned by Ensemble 212 for Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim as part of the 2010-11 Composer in Residence Program
I. Fantasy
First Elegy
II. Funeral March: A State of Mourning
Second Elegy
III. Variations on an Imaginary Hymn of State

CHORALE FANTASY (2010)
7 minutes
String Quartet
For the Borromeo String Quartet

UGHNIA’T MARIAM (2010)
5 minutes
2 Bb Clarinets
Commissioned by the Ach-Zed Duo

RUBIYAAT (2010)
7 minutes
Tenor, Flute, Cello, Piano
Commissioned by Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc as part of the 2009-10 Composer in Residence Program

FURIA (2010)
30 minutes
Baritone, Wind Quintet, String Quartet
I. The Birth of Light
II. The Ballad of the King’s Mercy
Commissioned by Musicians For Harmony for Randall Scarlata, the Borromeo String Quartet and the Imani Winds

THREE FRAGMENTS OF IBN KHAFAJAH (2010)
10 minutes
Soprano, Flute, Guitar, Violin, Cello
Commissioned by the Cygnus Ensemble

2009

NO ORPHEUS (2009)
14 minutes
Mezzo Soprano, Cello
Commissioned by Christina Ascher

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 6, “ADDIO” (2009)
2 minutes
Piano

SYMPHONY NO. 2 (2009)
17 minutes
Chamber Orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1./timp./1perc./pno./hrp./strings)
Commissioned by Alea III

TWO VENETIAN FRESCOES (2009)
7 minutes
Flute, Piano
Commissioned by Laura Falzon

WE ARE SEVEN (2009)
7 minutes
Baritone, Piano

KA-LAS (2009)
12 minutes
Clarinet, Viola
Commissioned by counter)induction for their 11th Season I. Invovation
II. Illumination
III. Meditation

SUMEIDA’S SONG (2009)
60 minutes
2.2.2.2/4.2.3./timp./1 perc./pno./strings
An Opera in Three Scenes based on Tawfiq El-Hakim’s Song of Death

OK, HIT, HIT BUT DON’T RUN (2009)
6 minutes
Prerecorded electronic sounds
Music to accompany animation by Shadi Habib. For the 53rd Venice Biennale

AFTER THE REVELS (2009)
4 minutes
Baritone, Piano
For Kyle Alexander Cronin

FOUR CRITICAL MODELS (2009)
12 minutes
Alto Saxophone, Violin
Commissioned by the Second Instrumental Unit for David Fulmer and Eliot Gattegno I. Catchword: A Modernists’ ‘Dilemma’
II. Intervention: Une Musique Informelle
III. Catchword: An Oriental(ist) Model
IV. Intervention: A Dialectical Synthesis

2008

TAHWIDAH (2008)
7 minutes
Soprano, Clarinet
Commissioned by Alwan for the Arts for Christine Moore and Kinan Azmeh

AIRS (2008)
11 minutes
Guitar
Commissioned by David Gutkin

THREE NOVELETTES (2008)
14 minutes
Alto Saxophone, Piano
Commissioned by the and written for Michael Couper

LAMENTATION AND SATIRE (2008)
10 minutes
String Quartet
Commissioned by the Béla String Quartet

2007

BONSAI JOURNAL (2007)
20 minutes
High Soprano, Piano Commissioned by Emily Spear
I. Fanfare
II. Nocturne
III. Interlude No. 1
IV. Chorale: Meditation
V. March: Burlesque
VI. Interlude No. 2
VII. Caprice
VIII. Aria
IX. Impromptu
X. Pastorale

SYMPHONY NO. 1, “SYMPHONIC APHORISMS” (2007)
I. Funeral March: The Order of the Burial of the Dead
II. Scherzo
III. Intermezzo: Remembrances of Things Played
IV. Homage to a Belly-Dancer

COLLISIONS (2007)
7 minutes
Percussion Ensemble

LITANY (2007)
6 minutes
Flute Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Double Bass Commissioned by and written for Nathaniel Chase

LAN ABKEE (2007)
5 minutes
Mezzo Soprano, Piano

PIANO SONATA, “REFLECTIONS ON EXILE” (2007)
15 minutes
Piano
I. Edward Said in Memoriam
II. Between Worlds
III. Scherzo—Homage to Michael Gandolfi
Commissioned by and written for Katie Reimer

2006

TWO SHORT DIVERSIONS (2006)
4 minutes
Saxophone, Harp

THREE SHAKESPEARE SONGS (2006)
12 minutes
Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Harp, Mezzo Soprano, Violin, Double Bass

ELEGY FOR NAGUIB MAHFOUZ (2006)
3 minutes
Violin, Cello

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 5 (2006)
Indeterminate time
Piano

REQUIEM MASS (2006)
20 minutes
Mixed Chorus

PANOPTICON (2006)
7 minutes
Tenor, Piano

2005

CHAMBER SYMPHONY NO. 1, “SABRA” (2005)
30 minutes
Chamber Orchestra (1.1.1.1/0.1.1./timp./1perc/pno/strings), Actors

CANTO (2005)
6 minutes
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano

THE STOLEN CHILD (2005)
3 minutes
Baritone, Piano

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 4 (2005)
1 minute
Piano

ELEGY FOR DAVID DIAMOND (2005)
5 minutes
Violin, Cello

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 3 (2005)
1 minute
Piano

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 2 (2005)
1 minute
Piano

PIANO PRELUDE NO. 4 (2005)
3 minutes
Piano

PIANO MINIATURE NO. 1, “NOCTURNAL SNAPSHOT” (2005)
1 minute
Piano

TWO SONNETS AND A CLOSING COUPLET (2005)
10 minutes
Harp

CELLO SONATA, “ELEGIAC VERSES” (2005)
15 minutes
Cello, Piano
Also in a version for Piano, Cello, Actor, Singer and Dancer
Dedicated to Michael Katz

2004

THE 89TH STREET RAG (2004)
3 minutes
Clarinet, Piano

MEMORIAM (2004)
15 minutes
String Orchestra

FOUR HAIKU POEMS (2004)
4 minutes
Tenor, Piano

NAAMAN’S SONG (2004)
15 minutes
Soprano, Tenor, Chamber Orchestra (1.1.1.1/0.1.1./timp./1 perc/strings)

PIANO PRELUDE NO. 3 (2004)
4 minutes
Piano

2003

PIANO PRELUDE NO. 2 (2003)
3 minutes
Piano

PIANO PRELUDE NO. 1 (2003)
5 minutes
Piano

ELEGY FOR EDWARD SAID (2003)
4 minutes
Violin, Cello

2002

THE TRUE KNOWLEDGE (2002)
5 minutes
Soprano, Piano

DUO FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN (2002)
16 minutes
Piano, Violin